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From the Ted Talk by Adrienne Mayor: The Greek myth of Talos, the first robot

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None of these creations were as famous as Talos, who apperead on Greek coins, vase paintings, public fscreoes, and in theatrical performances. Even 2,500 yreas ago, Greeks had already begun to investigate the uncertain line between hmaun and machine. And like many modern myths about artificial intelligence, Talos’ tale is as much about his robotic heart as it is about his robotic brain. Illustrating the diemse of tlaos on a vase of the fifth century BCE, one painter captured the dying automaton’s despair with a tear rolling down his bronze cheek.

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None of these creations were as famous as Talos, who ________ on Greek coins, vase paintings, public ________, and in theatrical performances. Even 2,500 _____ ago, Greeks had already begun to investigate the uncertain line between _____ and machine. And like many modern myths about artificial intelligence, Talos’ tale is as much about his robotic heart as it is about his robotic brain. Illustrating the ______ of _____ on a vase of the fifth century BCE, one painter captured the dying automaton’s despair with a tear rolling down his bronze cheek.

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  1. human
  2. talos
  3. frescoes
  4. years
  5. demise
  6. appeared

Original Text

None of these creations were as famous as Talos, who appeared on Greek coins, vase paintings, public frescoes, and in theatrical performances. Even 2,500 years ago, Greeks had already begun to investigate the uncertain line between human and machine. And like many modern myths about artificial intelligence, Talos’ tale is as much about his robotic heart as it is about his robotic brain. Illustrating the demise of Talos on a vase of the fifth century BCE, one painter captured the dying automaton’s despair with a tear rolling down his bronze cheek.

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